🔼The name Buz: Summary
- From the noun בוז (buz), contempt.
🔼The name Buz in the Bible
Buz is probably a country or a region, mentioned by the prophet Jeremiah as one of the recipients of the cup of the Lord's wrath (Jeremiah 25:23). Buz is mentioned along with Dedan and Tema and "all those who cut the corners of their hair". In 9:26 Jeremiah says something similar, about clipping the hair on people's temples. This activity probably has to do with some religious custom, but because of these remarks, orthodox Jews still wear their temple hair long.
🔼Etymology of the name Buz
The name Buz is identical to the word בוז (buz) meaning contempt:
The verb בזז (bazaz) means to make light, that is: to lift in the sense of taking something up and away; to plunder or take as spoil. Nouns בז (baz) and בזה (bizza) mean spoil or booty.
Verb בוז (buz) means to make light in the sense of to despise or hold as insignificant. Nouns בוז (buz) and בוזה (buza) mean contempt.
Likewise, verb בזה (baza) means to make light of, to despise, to disdain. Noun בזיון (bizzayon) means contempt.
NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names both translate this name with Contempt.